Your Legacy secures the future of our community to educate our children, care for our disadvantaged and elderly, and strengthen Jewish identity.

This visionary program has been responsible for building a culture of legacy giving in San Diego. As a result of Create a Jewish Legacy, endowment dollars raised help ensure that vital programs flourish in good times and bad. Leaving a Jewish legacy ensures that agencies, schools, and synagogues are able to provide evolving, innovative programs as community needs shift. Your legacy helps future generations continue building Jewish life in San Diego and beyond.

The bequests established through Create a Jewish Legacy are inspiring examples of l’dor v’dor, the passing of values from one generation to the next. The Jewish Community Foundation offers complimentary consultations for Legacy Planning with the utmost confidentiality.

What is a Legacy Plan?

By providing for organizations through your will, trust, retirement assets, or other means, you are sharing your desire to support the Jewish future. Your bequest or other planned gift of any size will keep our community strong for future generations.

Begin Creating Your Jewish Legacy Today

Susan Knopman

Susan Knopman,
Legacy Program Officer

858-279-2740

Ways to Leave a Legacy

1Bequest in Will or Trust

A charitable bequest is a gift that is made as part of a will or trust to a nonprofit organization.

2IRA or retirement plan

You may donate part of your retirement assets to charity, which could provide meaningful tax advantages.

3Life Insurance Policy

Insurance can be an effective and convenient asset to give more to the charities you love.

4Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA)

Charitable Gift Annuities enable you to create a legacy —and receive dependable payments for life.

Community-Wide Book of Life

When you commit to a Jewish legacy, you are invited to sign the Book of Life, a living symbol of l’dor v’dor, from generation to generation.

L’Dor V’Dor
We believe it’s vital to ensure a vibrant temple is available to all that seek a Jewish home well into the future

Steve and Deanna Bernsen

The San Diego Jewish Community is the backbone of all our relationships and connections. We are proud and honored to commit to supporting it throughout our lives and beyond.

Yiftach Levy and Jennifer Tabak Levy

As a child of Holocaust survivors I learned early on the importance of supporting Jewish organizations to ensure Judaism continues.

Renee Barnow

$1.4k+

People who have contributed to a current endowment fund or plan to leave an estate gift to a Jewish organization.

$75m+

Over $75 million has already been received by the Jewish Community as a result of the Create a Jewish Legacy program.

200+

Personal statements in the community-wide Book of Life, an archive of personal stories and philanthropic values.
Legacy Society Members

Many of these donors have committed to include multiple organizations in their estate plans. For a full list, download this PDF.

*Of blessed memory

We thank and honor the over

1,300

individuals and families who have contributed to a current endowment fund or plan to leave an estate gift to Jewish organizations.
Create a Jewish Legacy